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Tag: Grace

Daily Practice 2017.07.07

Daily Practice 2017.07.07

Word:  I have taken to not watching the news. It is entirely a self-defense mechanism. I will read the news but I am not going to watch it. Nor will I watch the videos of various people being shot and killed. To me, that is like participating in a modern day lynching. And reading comments is far beyond what my constitution can handle. I did read, however, that the Polish President's wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, snubbed our President and shook hands with Melania. Later in the day, President Duda tweeted that his wife did shake hands with the US President. Saying, "Contrary to some surprising reports my wife did shake hands with Mrs. and Mr. Trump @POTUS after a great visit. Let's FIGHT FAKE NEWS." There is so much room for wiggle room within this statement. My imagination has taken a...
Wholly Missing the Whole of the Holy

Wholly Missing the Whole of the Holy

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This will probably sound strange coming from me.  But … here goes … I miss God. Well … even that is not quite accurate.  If by the term “God” you understand the traditional, orthodox conception of God as basically “a really, really, really big Person writ large,” then … no … I do not miss that God, the kind of God Samuel Taylor Coleridge, somewhere or other, referred to when he said that the average Englishman’s conception of God is as “of an immense Clergyman”; the kind of God Whose eye is on the sparrow; the kind of God Who numbers the very hairs of my head (in my case, a task easy even for human beings, let alone God); the God Who browbeat poor, innocent Job. In other words, I do not miss the kind of God who Sees Things And Runs Things, the Great Cosmic National Security Agency, ...
Daily Practice for December 27, 2016

Daily Practice for December 27, 2016

Word:  One of the Christmas hymns is "Love Came Down at Christmas." The first stanza goes like this: Love came down at Christmas Love, a lovely love divine Love was born at Christmas Stars and angels gave the sign That is how I felt Christmas. First, Christmas Eve, celebrating the Service of Las Posadas with my church community at Riverton Park UMC. Then spending time with my family. And finally, Christmas morning with incarcerated youth, in detention. My thought was, "Indeed. Love did come down this Christmas." There were significant "Love" moments in all three places. At Riverton Park UMC, where nearly every child attending Christmas Eve is homeless. We have a significant ministry with folks that would have no doors. The ministry ranges from tents to cars to sleeping in Sunday...